November 2016, Volume 20, Number 5


A Record of Service

Through their leadership, MDC’s Board of Trustees ensures that everyone benefits from the College’s mission to offer the opportunity of higher education to all who seek it. Here is a brief look at three of the six trustees who tirelessly serve the College.

A Commitment to Service

An MDC board member for more than 12 years, Armando J. Bucelo Jr. is now chairman. Leading Bucelo Law Group in Downtown Miami, Bucelo has served as special counsel to the the City of Miami’s Code Enforcement Board for more than 15 years. Other appointments include past trustee for the Cuban-American National Republican Senatorial Committee and committee member of the Republican Party and current advisory board member of St. Thomas University’s School of Law. Under President George Bush, he was named co-chairman/director of the Securities Investor Protection Corp.

Shaping Florida’s Energy Portfolio

MDC Board Vice Chairman Armando J. Olivera is retired president and CEO of Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL), a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. and one of the largest U.S. investor-owned electric utilities. Under his leadership, FPL grew assets 79 percent to $31.8 billion, revenues 28 percent to $10.6 billion and net income 50 percent to $1.1 billion. He is now a director of AGL Resources Inc. and Fluor Corp. He also is a board member and past chair of the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, and a board member of Enterprise Florida, the Florida Council of 100 and Cornell University.

A Trusted Defender of Higher Ed

Marili Cancio has been an MDC board member since August 2011, when she was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott. She is a fervent advocate of the Florida College System and helped develop MDC’s Single Stop Mentoring Program. She promotes good stewardship of tax dollars by diligently reviewing MDC’s financial, policy and strategic decisions. She has strongly advocated for tuition affordability, the advancement of women in higher education and the importance of promoting minority and small business contracts. Serving on local, state and national boards, she most recently was selected as the incoming chair of the Association of Florida Colleges’ 2016 Trustees Commission.

— AV, GR

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